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AL OLIVER PHOTOGRAPHER

AL OLIVER PHOTOGRAPHER

BERLIN 2015 Armed with only a bicycle and a camera, Austin, TX based photographer Al Oliver’s latest exhibition for GARDE centers on the architecture of Berlin. From the now decommissioned Tempelhof Airport to the 1979 Bauhaus Archive and even remnants of the iconic Berlin Wall, the framed black and white images highlight one of Europe’s most dramatic cities with a strong point of view to its post-war past. Limited edition of 25, framed.  $1,600 airport terminal BERLIN 1 Tempelhof Airport entrance. In use all the way to 2008 and is a "city " airport being close in to town. Hitlers architect, Speer, was ordered to make it grand & imposing in 1934. He expanded it to about a mile long and used shell limestone on the facade. Norman Foster called it " the mother of all airports". The runways are now a public park. print h20.5” x w13.75”/framed h26.75” x w20” movie theater BERLIN 2 On the left is a movie theater in former East Berlin and on the right are apartments. "I was struck by how little effort they put into the apartment architecture versus the movie theater."  Many East Berlin apartments look monolithic like this. No balconies, and rows of windows all the same size. print h13.75” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” czech embassy BERLIN 3 The Czech Rebublic embassy in West Berlin, completed in 1978. There are very few Brutalist buildings in Berlin.  "It looked menacing and the entrance was hidden so your comrades on the street wouldn't see you coming and going with state secrets." print h13.25” x w19.25”/framed h20” x w26.5” columbia BERLIN 4 The Columbia Theater was a cinema and now event /music venue. It was used initially by the US GIs occupying Berlin from 1951 onward.  It looks Moderne but was built in 1951. print h14” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” berlin wall 2 BERLIN 5 Berlin Wall, looking from East to West. As an Easterner you would look over at these two buildings that had nothing to do with your architecture as both styles were reviled by the Nazis & Communists. On the right is a museum in the Neo Renaissance style by Martin Gropius from 1881. It's a perfect square at 70 meters each side. Damaged during the last days of WW2 it was closed until the early 80s. He was the great Uncle of Walter Gropius, a founder of the Bauhaus School. On the left is a Bauhuas era building finished in 1931 by Otto Firle. print h14” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” bayer BERLIN 6 Church front built of concrete and glass mosaic in 1961. It sits adjacent to a bombed out Neo-Romanesque church from 1895 that was completely hollowed out by bombs in WW2. It was left alone as a shell and this modernist building was done as the new church right next to it. "I liked the tension of this and the slight brutality of the façade." print h14” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” bauhaus archive BERLIN 7 The Bauhaus Archive building, completed in 1979. It has all their drawings, models etc . I was hit by how it looks like 1929, not 1979. print h19.75” x w13.25”/framed h26.75” x w20”